2023 International Snow Sculpture Championships | Breckenridge Associates Real Estate

Breckenridge's World-Renowned International Snow Sculpture Championships Return for 2023

Join us for Breckenridge’s world-renowned International Snow Sculpture Championships coming January 23rd until February 1st. With decades of snow sculpting heritage here in Breckenridge, we can truly say it never gets old! The sculptures inspire a childlike wonder.

Teams will be coming from all over the world and will spend up to 96 hours shaping and sculpting the snow, creating gravity defying masterpieces. Each team consists of 5-7 members who work around the clock, using only hand tools, during the allotted time to complete their sculptures by the deadline at which time all work must cease. Watching them evolve is an experience like no other.

Breckenridge Associates Real Estate is proud to support the International Snow Sculpting Championships bringing the best snow sculptors in the world to our hometown. 

2023 International Snow Sculpture Championships Schedule:

Sculpting Week

Sculpting Week is just as much as fun as Viewing Week. Seeing the sculptures transformed from a huge block of snow to an intricate work of art is the most fun you’ll ever have at an art show. Sculptures are never the same from year to year and have consisted of a giant dancing hippo, a recycling octopus, dragons, and a twister in past years.

When: Sculpting starts on Monday, January 23rd at 11 am and ends Friday, January 27th at 9 am

Where: Riverwalk Center

Cost: Free to the public

Viewing Week

To see the snow sculptures in full effect upon completion, you’ll want to visit twice, once in the daytime and once after dark. Please remember to dress warmly for these events as they are held in high alpine winter conditions. Warm layers, hats and appropriate footwear will only increase your comfort and enjoyment.

Sculptures will be on display 24/7 until the event ends February 1st at 7:00 pm

When: January 28th to February 1st

Where: Riverwalk Center

Cost: Free

Grand Illumination

At night, the sculptures are illuminated with ever-changing rays of unique LED lighting with white-only lights shining on them for 10 minutes on the hour and every half hour.

When: January 27th to February 1st from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Sculpture Illumination will end at 7:00 pm on February 1st

Where: Riverwalk Center

Cost: Free

Saturday Reservations

The last weekend of the event is historically the most popular time for viewing. To help make this weekend a success for the artists and more enjoyable for viewers, timed entry reservations will be required on Saturday, January 28th. This is the ONLY day of the competition that requires a reservation. Timed entry reservations are free, but availability is limited. You will be able to choose from 3 time slots – 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, or 2:00 pm.

CLICK HERE to make your reservation for Saturday, January 28th.

People’s Choice Voting

Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded to the Top 3 teams as well as awards for Artist’s Choice and People’s Choice. You can participate by voting for the People’s Choice winner whether you’re here in Breckenridge or not!

Voting Starts: January 25th at 12:00 pm

Voting Closes: January 28th at 2:00 pm

After the last day of the International Snow Sculpture Championships, the sculptures will disappear during the night and the Tiger Dredge lot will return to normal the next day without a trace of the magnificent works of art that once existed.

CLICK HERE to cast your vote.


There is free parking available on Airport Road in the Satellite Lot with transportation to the event. Look for the ample signage. Alternately, the Breckenridge Free Ride offers free daily public transportation throughout town from 6:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Paid parking is available throughout the town core.

The International Snow Sculpture Championship and BARE

The International Snow Sculpture Championship is close to the hearts of all of us at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate.  Among some the event's original founders, is one of our BARE brokers, Rob Neyland and BARE has sponsored the event since its inception in the early 90's. Read more about the history here or stop into our office at 229 S. Main Street in Breck to hear the lore while discussing your real estate goals!

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